Pets at Home Grp

Repayment of business rates relief

RNS Number : 5277H
Pets At Home Group Plc
04 December 2020
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 04 December 2020

Pets at Home Group Plc: Repayment of business rates relief

Pets at Home Group Plc, the UK's leading pet care business, announces today its decision to repay in full the £28.9m of business rates relief received across the business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This decision reflects the company's guiding principle of treating all stakeholders fairly and is supported by the continuing strong performance of the business.

We remain extremely grateful for the financial support provided in March as we rapidly adapted our operations to be able to continue, as an "essential" retailer, meeting the needs of the nation's pets while keeping colleagues, customers, suppliers and, of course, pets as safe as possible in unprecedented circumstances. Our priority then, and ever since, has been the safety and wellbeing of all of our stakeholders.

The aggregate result of Covid-specific costs and restrictions means that the financial impact of the pandemic on our business this year, currently estimated at over £35m, will no longer be offset by the rates relief received.

Nevertheless, ten months into this unprecedented and challenging environment, our adaptability and recent sustained performance across the business means that we are now, more than ever, confident in the strength and longevity of our pet care platform and proud to be repaying the business rates relief in full from this position of strength.

 

Peter Pritchard, Group Chief Executive Officer, commented:

 

"I continue to be immensely proud of the tireless efforts of my colleagues across the business and the work they are doing to meet the needs of our nation's pets week after week in the pandemic.

"We were very grateful for the rates relief provided back in March during a time of significant uncertainty, which helped us to take the decision to keep our stores, online operations and veterinary practices open. Recent positive news around the launch of vaccinations for Covid-19 has led us to reassess the level of uncertainty ahead.

"Pets at Home is a robust business, both operationally and financially, with amazing colleagues, great operations, good liquidity and a strong balance sheet. Our decision today demonstrates our clear commitment to acting responsibly and treating all of our stakeholders fairly."

 

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This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulations (Regulation (EU) No.596/2014). For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is being made on behalf of the Company by Roger Tejwani, Director of Investor Relations & External Communication.

 

Investor Relations Enquiries

Pets at Home Group Plc:

Roger Tejwani, Director of Investor Relations & External Communication
+44 (0)1279 927022 

Chris Ridgway, Head of Investor Relations
+44 (0)7788 783925

Media Enquiries

Pets at Home Group Plc:

Gillian Hammond, Head of Media & Corporate Affairs
+44 (0)7442 500138

Maitland/AMO:

Clinton Manning
+44 (0)7711 972662

Frederica Bendit
+44 (0)7557 833442

 

About Pets at Home

Pets at Home Group Plc is the UK's leading pet care business; our commitment is to make sure pets and their owners get the very best advice, products and care. Pet products are available online or from our 451 stores, many of which also have vet practices and grooming salons. Pets at Home also operates a UK leading small animal veterinary business, with 440 First Opinion practices located both in our stores and in standalone locations, as well as five Specialist Referral centres. For more information visit: http://investors.petsathome.com/

 

Disclaimer

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